Veracruz Vessel with Anthropomorphic Lid - DE.049 (LSO),Origin: Mexico,Circa: 400 AD to 800 AD,Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide x 5.25" (13.3cm) depth,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Veracruz,Medium: Terracotta,Condition: Extra Fine. This remarkable object is a therianthropic vessel made by under the Veracruz culture, of SE Mexico. The piece is a four-legged ceramic vessel, pierced at both ends with large holes. It is dominated by a masterfully-carved human head, which protrudes from the top of a lid that has been moulded to the likeness of an animal’s body (perhaps that of a jaguar). The head is classically Veracruz, with an ornate asymmetrical headdress, large ear-flares, a rather flat “Chinesco” style face and a studiedly impassive expression. The modelling of facial features and accessories is exceptional. The remainder of the vessel is far more stylised and general in its execution; clearly the head is designed to be the focal point of the piece.
Ancient Central America & Mexico